The very first time I voted was March 3, 1992. It was the Democratic primary in my state and my 18th birthday. My friend Rachel turned 18 the following day and was honestly sadened that she would not be able to vote in the primary (especially since it was her mom that knew you could register to vote before your 18th birthday if you would be 18 on voting day).
That fall as I proudly cast my ballot for the next president, Coloradans passed a deplorable amendment
Neither the state of Colorado, through any of its branches or departments, nor any of its agencies, political subdivisions, municipalities or school districts, shall enact, adopt or enforce any statute, regulation, ordinance or policy whereby homosexual, lesbian or bisexual orientation, conduct, practices or relationships shall constitute or otherwise be the basis of, or entitle any person or class of persons to have or claim any minority status, quota preferences, protected status or claim of discrimination. This Section of the Constitution shall be in all respects self-executing.
Thankfully, it was eventually overturned as unconstitutional. And now, 16 years later the people of the great state of California passed their own hate law.
On Saturday November 15, my children and I will go to Denver to protest California’s Proposition 8. We’ll do it for Rachel and her partner and their baby that is due any day now. We’ll do it for every family that is not given equal protection under the law.
If you’re unsure why you should be against Prop 8, go meet Lesbian Dad and her family. Her family that is not given the same reverence and protection that my own family receives. If you think only liberals and homosexuals are anti-prop 8, Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is against it.
And please, don’t be naive and think this doesn’t affect you because you are hetero or because you don’t live in California. If there’s anything that the recent economic downturn has taught us is that we are all in this together.